No sanctions relief until NK's complete denuclearization

15 June, 2018, 08:38 | Author: Ethel Goodwin
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But it "all depends on whether North Korea is serious about denuclearization".

"We're going to get denuclearisation", Mr Pompeo said.

The leaders signed a statement pledging to establish a new relationship.

When asked whether Mr Trump was jumping the gun by declaring victory, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters: "This president wants North Korea to completely denuclearize so obviously that has to be complete, verifiable and irreversible". Mr Trump salutes back after first extending his hand to the general.

A senior Japanese diplomat, Fumio Shimizu, spoke Thursday with North Korean officials attending a security conference in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator, the Foreign Ministry said.

He said that the USA wants North Korea to take "major" nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years - before the end of Mr Trump's first term in 2021.

Pompeo, however, pointed out that in the Singapore statement both countries reaffirmed the inter-Korean Panmunjom declaration from April, in which both South and North Korea agreed to uphold all past agreements that did specify detailed nuclear prohibitions and verification requirements. The footage set off a debate about whether the benefits of showing mutual respect to the general outweighed the fact that North Koreans could use the film as a propaganda tool to bolster their own credibility.

Seeking to quell concerns that North Korea and the USA interpreted the talks differently, Pompeo said, "I am confident that [North Koreans] understand what we're prepared to do".

The administration's argument is that the incremental approach used by past administrations has allowed North Korea to extract rewards and incentives from the USA, only to ultimately renege and refuse to give up its nukes.

The summit in Singapore did mark a reduction in tensions - a sea change from last fall, when North Korea was conducting nuclear and missile tests and Mr Trump and Mr Kim were trading threats and insults that stoked fears of war.

But details on what form those promises would take were sparse, with critics noting the lack of a timeline for when North Korea will begin dismantling its nuclear programme. "The United States should never catch it allies off guard, as seems to be the case with President Trump's announcement", she says. North Korea has great potential for the future!

China's state-run Xinhua news agency said Taiwan came up in Pompeo's meeting with Xi.

Mr Pompeo made clear earlier yesterday in Seoul that sanctions would be lifted only after complete denuclearisation by North Korea. "When a military official from another government salutes. you return that", Sanders said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Thursday with families of people abducted by North Korea decades ago and pledged to deal directly with the North to resolve the issue.


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